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Richard Donner Quotes

An American film director, film producer, and comic book writer.
(1930 - )

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First cuts are a bitch for a director, because it's been so many months and you put your trust in your editor and you're going to see your film assembled for the first time. You look at it and go, This is terrible. I hate it.

How was I going to make a man fly? How was I going to convince the public that an actor could fly?

I had life threats, because people accused me of approaching Brando as God and his son was Jesus. I literally had people saying my blood would run in the streets for doing that.

I realized what you could do in motion pictures by surrounding yourself with geniuses.

I think what some people are doing with effects is starting to get silly. It's overused.

I was an actor... or, at least, I was trying to be an actor.

I was painting sets, working in editorial as an assistant, driving their trucks, lying that I knew how to drive a truck, and doing commercials and documentaries.

I was really disappointed that Warner Bros. didn't think highly enough of my film or my filmmaking to ask me to make the new Superman.

I was tweaked by the idea of Superman immediately.

I was very lucky. I started my own commercial company.

I'm open to comments. I'm open to objective points of view, because I've been very narrow and very subjective.

I've always wanted to do a Crichton book. I really love his writing.

If you had the opportunity and some talent, there was no way you couldn't progress, because it was an open market. There was the advertising world, and there was the documentary world.

In motion pictures, the actor rules. The camera served the actor.

It was 1978 when Superman came out, and I kept thinking, Why don't they do something about it? They've done all these crappy attempts at comic book film adaptations. What can we do different? Why don't we just re-release this thing?

It was just the thrill of a lifetime. Brando and Hackman were two of my heroes.

It was the beginning of film for television. So we had all of these great opportunities. Northwestern was probably the only major film school of its kind at the time that was graduating anybody important.

It's developing a relationship with actors that makes it work.

It's only been a couple of times in my life that I've really locked horns with actors. It did not hurt the films, it just hurt the moment of the filmmaking.

People say, You paid your dues, but I never paid any dues. It's always been a great trip.

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